About the Application Process

Questions about the Application Process

Q. I won't have my prerequisites finished by the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Applicants must complete at least 5 of the 8 required prerequisite courses prior to the December 1 application deadline. Successful completion of the three courses listed below, plus two additional prerequisites, is required to apply:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  2. Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  3. Microbiology with lab
  4. XXX
  5. XXX

Please note: Online courses are not accepted for Microbiology with lab or Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 with lab. 

All prerequisites coursework should be completed within 10 years, except where noted. All pre-requisites must be completed before classes begin.

We strongly recommend you complete any remaining prerequisites as soon as possible after applying to the program. If you are accepted and some of your prerequisites are in process, your acceptance will be provisional until you complete them. You must complete ALL prerequisites before you can enroll in the program and before you start classes in the summer.

A list of prerequisites required for the non-nurses and nurses with bachelors is available on the How to Apply page.

Q. Can you tell me if a course I took satisfies a specific prerequisite before I apply?

Due to the high volume of requests, pre-screening of prerequisite courses is not available prior to application. For courses taken at Washington State Community Colleges, please refer to the course transfer guides.

For prerequisite courses taken at other schools, please refer to the SU Undergraduate Catalog for course content descriptions: catalog.seattleu.edu and the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.

Q. My prerequisites are older than the time limits listed above, do they really need to be within the specified time frame?

Yes. Prerequisites must be completed within indicated time limits. Please see the time limit for pre-requests below:

Within 5 years:

  • BIOL 2200 - Anatomy & Physiology I w/ lab (5)
  • BIOL 2210 - Anatomy & Physiology II w/ lab (5)
  • BIOL 2220 - Microbiology w/ lab (5)
  • Basic Descriptive & Inferential Statistics (5)

Within 10 years:

  • College Algebra or higher (5)
  • PSYC 1200 – Intro to Psychology (5)
  • PSYC 3220 – Growth & Development – Lifespan (5)

Additional (no time limit):

  • Chemistry – 1 year high school or 1 quarter collegiate

Q. Can I test out of any prerequisites?

Yes. You can take the CLEP test for Algebra Functions & Methods and Psychology courses. You must achieve a score of 50 or higher. Information on the tests can be found at www.collegeboard.com. Scores should be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions.

You can CLEP test for Algebra Functions & Methods and Psychology courses (PSYC 1200 – Intro to Psychology (5) PSYC 3220 – Growth & Development – Lifespan (5).

Q. Do I need to schedule an interview with faculty before December 1?

No. Your application will be screened by the admissions committee. If you are selected, we will contact you to set up an interview to further assess your ability to be successful in the program. Interviews typically begin late January.

Q. What is the timeline for application review and acceptance to the program?

Applications are reviewed in December, and interviews may start in late January and then during February. You will be notified of acceptance sometime in March.

Q. My undergraduate cumulative GPA was less than 3.25. Will you consider my application?

We will consider an applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.25 who provides evidence of other achievements or abilities that might predict success in the program. A strong goals statement, high grades in the nursing prerequisites, or other evidence of academic ability may be considered.

Q. What should I write in my letter of intent?

The application asks you to address your personal and professional goals. You should be clear about how your career goals fit with your selected focal area of study, and why you chose Seattle University’s nursing program. Read over the materials you have received from the College and University and information available on our website (www.seattleu.edu). Relate your personal and professional goals to the University and College of Nursing mission. Use good language arts skills to demonstrate your writing ability. We do recommend you submit maximum two to three pages, 12-point Times New Roman fonts. Double space.

Q. From whom should I get recommendations?

Your recommenders are asked to rate you on several personal and professional qualities. Choose recommenders who have first-hand knowledge of these qualities. A current or former professor who knows you well, and your employer provide a good balance, but more important than who they are is their ability to speak to the qualities that will make you successful in the program. Do not submit references from family members or friends, and limit the number of references to two. When you fill out your online application, you will be asked to include email addresses for your recommenders. They are sent a link via email to a secure online recommendation form to complete.

Q. Is clinical experience required for acceptance to the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion (APNI) program?

Clinical experience is not required for admission to the APNI program. Students who have such experience may be more comfortable in their initial clinical nursing experiences, and you may choose to work in health care to attain this increased comfort level.

Q. I am originally from another country, but I have lived in the U.S. for many years. I hold a bachelor's degree from an American university. Do I still need a TOEFL score?

If English is not the native language, English proficiency must be established through examination. Acceptable Tests Include:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum 237/580 computer/paper

IELT (International English Language Test) minimum 7.0

Institutional MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) result of at least 83%

Policy #76-06 in Admissions establishes some reasons for exceptions. Admission coming from the culture language bridge program is not an option.

Q. What else can I do to make my application stand out from the others?

There are no tacit or unwritten criteria for admission. The best approach is to provide the strongest evidence you can of your potential for success in the program within the stated admission criteria. Learn as much as you can about the nursing profession, advanced practice nursing, and Seattle University so that you present yourself as a motivated, knowledgeable, and interested applicant.

Q. Where should I send my official transcript?

You can send your official transcript electronically. SU school code is 4695. If you would like to mail it, please see address below:

Seattle University
Office of Graduate Admission
901 12th Ave,
Seattle WA 98122

Schedule a prospective student consultation

SU Graduate Programs Open House

Fri, Oct 4, 2019

4:00-6:00 p.m., Student Center, First Floor